noun, plural ci·vil·i·ties.
Origin of civility
Examples from the Web for civility
Indeed, they view us as children who can never adhere to the standards of civility and decency to which they hold other groups.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist|Chloé Valdary|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We should expect the default to be civility, not harassment.
Its civility has been crushed; its fragile peace has been blown apart by the mindless toxicity of a summer of violence.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever|Peter Schwartzstein|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon, however, the mask of civility was removed, revealing the ugly face of bigotry.
Civility and canny bipartisanship in Congress were the key factors.How a Dream Became a Law: Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964|Wendy Smith|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He found that gentleman in a quiet and respectable lodging, and was received with civility.Half a Hero|Anthony Hope
A cold, far-away sort of civility, are the only terms on which I have ever been with Mr. ——.Charlotte Bront|T. Wemyss Reid
The words were not insolent, but the tone had a ring in it that betokened no civility.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
I made myself useful, and assisted several ladies to ices, remembering an old saying that “There is nothing lost by civility.”The Diary of a Nobody|George Grossmith
Nothing costs less or is cheaper than compliments 10 of civility.
British Dictionary definitions for civility
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for civility
late 14c., "status of a citizen," from Old French civilite (14c.), from Latin civitatem (nominative civitas) "the art of governing; courteousness," from cvilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Later especially "good citizenship" (1530s). Also "state of being civilized" (1540s); "behavior proper to civilized persons" (1560s).